Match Reports

Albion 0-2 Southampton

An image of Alex Mowatt on the ball against Southampton

Southampton beat Albion 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday evening.

The Saints secured all three points with goals either side of half-time from Ryan Fraser and substitute David Brooks.

Carlos Corberán’s team are next in action this Tuesday, travelling to Plymouth Argyle.

An image of John Swift hitting a free kick against Southampton

The boss named Semi Ajayi and Grady Diangana on the bench after their return from AFCON duty - and he also made one change to his XI, bringing in Jed Wallace.

But Corberán was sent off inside seven minutes, the referee showing him a red card for interfering in play by allegedly touching the ball before it had left the field.

And to make matters worse, the Baggies then went a goal down. Southampton crossed towards the far post, where Fraser was there to fire a controlled volley home.

The Saints controlled much of the opening half-hour, though were put on the back foot during the first-half’s final 15 minutes.

In a flurry of action, John Swift curled narrowly wide, Okay Yokuslu saw a header cleared off the line and Albion had a strong penalty shout turned down when Darnell Furlong’s volley seemed to hit a Southampton defender’s arm.

An image of Darnell Furlong appealing for a penalty

Swift struck a free-kick over as the hosts continued their attempts to draw level - with Tom Fellows, Callum Marshall, Adam Reach and Diangana all coming on too.

Yet it was Southampton who struck next, doubling their advantage around the 73-minute mark via Brooks’ finish at the end of a passing move.

Still Albion looked for a route back, and nearly found it immediately through Yokuslu’s header, somehow saved by goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

However, ultimately they couldn’t find a goal and the Saints secured a victory to take them up to second place in the table.

Albion: Palmer; Furlong, Kipre, Pieters, Townsend; Yokuslu (Chalobah 81), Mowatt; Wallace (Diangana 65), Swift (Marshall 65), Johnston (Reach 65); Thomas-Asante (Fellows 46).

Substitutes: Griffiths, Ajayi, Pipa, Weimann.

Attendance: 25,066 (1,970)